Father Now Charged With Murder In Baby Son's Death

A father is now accused of murdering his 9-month-old son.

Ronald Acosta, a 27-year-old who now lives in Jacksonville, was first arrested in October 2007 in New Bern and charged with felony child abuse inflicting serious injury.

The baby was initally treated here in Eastern Carolina but was transferred to Indiana to be with family. The baby died in January 2008.

A Craven County jury indicted Acosta last week. Acosta was arrested when he reported to the New Bern police department last night. His weekly visits to the police department were a condition of his release in 2007.

The autopsy, which New Bern police received in July, listed the official cause of death as homicide due to complications of closed head trauma. Acosta is locked up under no bond.


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  • by JC on Mar 5, 2009 at 09:08 AM
    Nowhere in this article does it mention shaken baby syndrome...where are you getting your facts from? And why isn't the mother mentioned? Where was she? I think people need to ask questions before passing judgement. If this man really wanted to kill his son, I doubt he would have rushed him to the hospital! Also, there are no details on the baby's death, which obviously occurred in the hands of whatever family he was with in Indiana at the time! Too many questions left unanswered here, guys! Don't be too quick to throw the stones! "Hang him"?!?! Are you kidding me!?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2009 at 04:55 AM
    Perhaps you guys should read all the hundreds of accounts of parents who are falsely accused of abuse when their child has an underlying medical problem. The only thing these people did to end up in a horrible mess was take their child to the hospital when something seemed wrong.Just as any of you would do. You shouldn't judge people when you know nothing about the circumstances behind the case.
  • by BW Location: MHC on Jan 31, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    I am a father myself. I have a son that is 39. When he was 14, he asked me if I had ever spanked him. I told him that I did once when he was only a toddler. I said, "I taught you the meaning of the word no early-on and you always listened to me." I am sure that this man in question never meant to hurt his baby, he must have been going thru some extraordinary circumstance, but he will now live in his own "HELL" forever, no matter the extent of legal punishment.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 31, 2009 at 02:35 PM
    Sad case. Sick indeed. I just wish the baby could have been okay. Its just not fair. They need to shake him up some.
  • by betty Location: cortlnad on Jan 31, 2009 at 09:52 AM
    Once again, here is a story of someone that didn't want this child. Take the child to the hospital or church and they will find the child a home, DON'T KILL THE CHILD. I just don't know what these people are thinking today. Real sick.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 30, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    I keep saying don't call people names, but how stupid can people be, you only have to take an infant or small child to a hospital and give them up. Should this man be found guilty, "hang him">>>>>
  • by From someone with Common Sense on Jan 30, 2009 at 04:22 PM
    Thats good for him. If you do not want a child or have the patience then leave them in the hospital or give them to a family member. Dont murder someone. If I have it my way he will be in prison for the rest of his life in a cell alone. So all he can think about what he has done to an innocent human being.
  • by ls Location: nb on Jan 30, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    I'd like to see a bunch of 'shaken immature dummy Syndrome' cases throughout the world....what do people think these days...geesh!
  • by SGB Location: Eastern NC on Jan 30, 2009 at 12:14 PM
    This is sad. Shaken Baby Syndrome IS preventable!! Put the baby down in the crib and walk away for a bit!!
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